Bolt's Antique Tool Museum.

Bolt's Antique Tool Museum

Field review by the editors.

Oroville, California

The largest tool museum in the U.S. is a collection of thousands assembled by Bud Bolt over 50 years, all carefully labeled. Opened in 2006. Collection features tools from 4,000 years ago, a barbed-wire collection, old gas pumps, and 235 tools representing 51 different railroads. There are also nutcrackers, knife sharpeners, toasters, rug beaters, ice and coal tools, blacksmith tools, amputation tools, grease guns, battery testers, an entire wall of monkey wrenches, and an unfortunately named "Anal-O-Scope" from the late 1950s.

The gift shop includes a special table -- $1.00 for any tool on it -- and a DVD tour of the museum that's 2.5 hours long!

Bolt's Antique Tool Museum

1650 Broderick St., Oroville, CA
Hwy 70 exit east on Montgomery St., left on 1st Avenue, right on Broderick St.
M-Sa 10-3:45 (Call to verify)
Adults $3.
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